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Sunday Morning Paddle, all skill levels, West Thompson Lake

  • Aug 25, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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This 200-plus-acre lake, managed by the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers, provides enjoyable paddling and camping opportunities. Indeed, only a few lakes in southern New England — most of them Army Corps facilities — can boast no development along their shorelines. With a 5-mile-per-hour speed limit, you will encounter mostly canoes and kayaks. The sandy, pebbly shore provides easy access around nearly the entire perimeter

Read more at West Thompson Lake and Quinebaug River | Thompson Connecticut Water Trails |



Plan is to be on the water by 10am,please plan accordingly. Estimating about 1.5- 2 hour on the water. A nice easy flat water paddle.

Free parking is available at the West Thompson Lake Boat Ramp located at 400 Reardon Road. There are about 25 spaces in the gravel lot and the carry from the water’s edge is less than 50 feet. Take-out areas include a large concrete launch ramp and a grassy slope into the water. There are seasonal public restrooms available from April to October.


***PLEASE NOTE*** The organizers in this group are NOT trained leaders or instructors.  The organizers only set the time and place, each person participating in any group trip is responsible for their own safety.  Each participant is responsible for evaluating all relevant conditions for the trip and determining if their skills and equipment are appropriate for those conditions.

Required: PFD (worn), whistle, headlamp/flashlight (evening paddles). Optional/recommended: pump/bailer, insect repellent, sunscreen, water, snack, change of clothes in drybag, sunglasses, hat/visor.

In areas where there is a boat launch intended to be used by people with trailers, please, if possible, launch to the side of the ramp and do not block the ramp with your kayak or other belongings.


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  • Denise S.

    It was so beautiful and peaceful. We need to go earlier in the year next time so water will be higher in the stream so we can go farther.

    August 26, 2013

  • David H.

    what a great day nice to meet everyone

    August 26, 2013

  • Gregg A.

    Had a good time, had excellent weather. A good easy 3 hour paddle.

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Gregg A.

    Thank you to everyone who made it out today. Perfect weather for a day on the water. Had a good time.

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Ron M

    Sorry I missed it

    August 25, 2013

  • Kim

    Great time today!

    August 25, 2013

  • Hayley

    I'm not going to make it. Sorry.

    August 25, 2013

  • Sue L.

    Please tell me that if that extra person (waiting list) wants to go they can? Just meet us there?

    August 25, 2013

    • Gregg A.

      Not a problem, there is plenty of parking. See you there

      August 25, 2013

  • Donna

    Car in ahop forgot to take my roofracks off. Catch you at the next one

    August 24, 2013

  • valerie

    Can't wait

    August 9, 2013

  • Gregg A.

    Just a heads up, try this address in your GPS ahead of time. My Garmin didn't find the town, but located it by entering postal zipcode 06255 instead. I'm heading there today to paddle around and check it out.

    1 · August 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will motivate me to attach a rudder to my kayak

    July 29, 2013

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